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at-home

[ at-hohm ]
/ ætˈhoʊm /
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noun

Also at home . a reception of visitors at certain hours at one's home.

adjective

done or used in the home; intended for one's home: a new line of at-home computers; at-home assignments for free-lance workers.

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Origin of at-home

First recorded in 1740–45
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British Dictionary definitions for at-home

at-home

noun

another name for open day
a social gathering in a person's home
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Idioms and Phrases with at-home

at home

1

In one's own residence, town, or country. For example, Mary was not at home when I called, or Tourists in a foreign country often behave more rudely than they do at home. This idiom was first recorded in a ninth-century treatise.

2

Ready to receive a visitor, as in We are always at home to our neighbor's children. This usage gave rise to the noun at-home, meaning a reception to which guests are invited on a specific day at specific hours (also see open house). [c. 1600]

3

Also, at home with. Comfortable and familiar, as in Mary always makes us feel at home, or I've never been at home with his style of management. [Early 1500s] Also see at ease, def. 1.

4

Also, at home with. Proficient, well-versed in, as in Young John is so much at home with numbers that he may well become a mathematician, or Chris is really at home in French. [Late 1700s]

5

In team sports, playing on one's own field or in one's own town. For example, The Red Sox always do better at home than they do at away games.

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